5 PFF stats you need to know from NFL Week 15

From Ty Montgomery's broken-tackle count to Dak Prescott's accuracy percentage, here are the must-know stats of Week 15.

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5 PFF stats you need to know from NFL Week 15

Miss a moment of NFL Week 15 action? Here are the five key stats you need to know coming out of Sunday’s slate of games.

[Editor’s note: See the highest-graded players from every NFL Week 15 game here.]

1. In Week 15, Packers RB Ty Montgomery led all running backs (min. 12 carries) in yards after contact per attempt, elusive rating, and breakaway percentage.

In addition to topping all positional peers in those categories, Montgomery also tied Falcons RB Devonta Freeman with a league-high seven broken tackles on his carries (albeit it on four less rushing attempts than Freeman). Montgomery recorded 9.8 yards after contact per attempt on his way to 162 total yards and two rushing touchdowns. As the Packers pursue a playoff spot, converted wideout Montgomery will likely continue to play a key role in the Green Bay offense as a running back.

2. Dallas QB Dak Prescott was the league’s most-accurate quarterback in Week 15.

In the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over the Buccaneers, Dak Prescott rebounded from his below-average Week 14 performance in a big way. The former Mississippi State standout connected on 32 of his 36 passing attempts for a league-high 88.9 adjusted completion percentage. Prescott is now ranked among PFF’s top 10 quarterbacks through Week 15 with an 83.0 overall grade.

3. Raiders DE Khalil Mack recorded eight QB pressures against the Chargers, the most among all edge defenders so far in Week 15.

Oakland clinched a playoff berth in Week 15 with a 19-16 win over San Diego. Earning the highest grade (88.2) on defense for Oakland was defensive end Khalil Mack, who recorded a league-high eight QB pressures (three hits and five hurries). For the season, Mack remains PFF’s top-graded edge defender, with a 93.5 mark, and a key component in Oakland’s success.

4. Colts QB Andrew Luck recorded the highest NFL passer rating when under pressure in Week 15, at 146.7.

In Indianapolis’ 34-6 rout of the Minnesota Vikings, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck faced pressure on 34.5 percent of his dropbacks (just the 11th-highest rate in Week 15 thus far). On such dropbacks, he completed nine of 10 attempted passes for a 90.0 adjusted completion percentage. Through Week 15, Luck is still PFF’s No. 2 ranked quarterback, with a 91.8 grade.

5. Texans QB Tom Savage earned the second-highest game grade among Houston quarterbacks this season.

Following the benching of starting QB Brock Osweiler in the second quarter, Savage led the Texans to a key AFC South victory over the Jaguars. Savage’s 73.6 PFF grade against Jacksonville came on the back of 260 passing yards. Osweiler still owns the highest-graded game among the Texans’ QBs for the season, with his 84.5 mark in Week 1 against Chicago. Before being benched against the Jags, Osweiler completed just six of 11 passes and threw two picks.

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Chase is a General Editor at PFF, focusing on the site’s NFL content strategy. His work has been featured in ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Insider, and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

  • Chad Lundberg

    Losing Eddie Lacy may have made our offense even faster and deadlier. Can’t IMAGINE what a Montgomery/Lacy 1-2 punch will look like next year.

    • angryspit

      No way Eddie is back unless cheap

      • Chad Lundberg

        Precisely. They could easily give him a 1 (maybe 2) year prove it deal, have him split carries with Ty which will 1 – keep him fresh and 2 – increase his chances of staying healthy.

        I don’t give a damn if he’s too fat.

    • Joe Doe

      A) Montgomery’s production made sure Lacy won’t be back next year.
      B) Once Starks is healthy Montgomery won’t see the field, again.

      • JimmyCrackCorn

        Starks was healthy vs the Texans and rode the bench.

        • Chad Lundberg

          Precisely. Against the Seahacks too. Ty’s time has come. And MM knows it now too.

      • Chad Lundberg

        A) Do you have inside intel on this? Did someone leak information saying that they plan to let go of one of the best tackle-breaking running backs in the NFL? When they could keep him for cheap?

        B) That’s just laughable.

        • Joe Doe

          I believe you may have missed my point.

          First, to pay a guy a veteran salary rather than getting a rookie to be a #2 is not the way you want to go with a franchise. Yes they doubled down with Perry and Datone Jones because of the lack of depth at the outside linebacker position. Bringing in a rookie rather than paying what a poor franchise is willing to pay Lacy is the pertinent move.

          The second point is a bit of sarcasm with how McCarthy has utilized Montgomery. In the first game against Chicago he showed that he could be that guy, and it took Mikey weeks before he went back to Montgomery when Starks was back. Will he do this again, unlikely, however its baffling that this happened the first time.

          My main contention is with the complacent Packers fan base. A good organization, the Patriots, now have, I believe they said, seven straight playoff byes with a HOF QB. A bad organization, currently Pittsburgh, struggles to win the division with a HOF QB. The Packers are somewhere in the middle. Whereas Dom Capers deserves most of the blame, (just look at the amount of points the defense has surrendered in playoff games in his tenure) the fact is McCarthy is inadequate.

          If the Packers decide to go in a new direction, it is extremely unlikely that the Packers do not get their pick of anyone who is willing to leave their current position. Gruden, McDaniels, Sean Payton, etc., you get your pick.

          Let’s not candy coat the Packers current situation. They have to win out in a bad division to make the playoffs. That speaks volumes.